From 2018 to 2019, the number of registered cases of coercion and negative social control by minority advisers at Norwegian schools doubled.
During 2019, minority counselors worked on 535 new individual cases involving forced marriage, genital mutilation, honor-related violence, and negative social control.
That is an increase of 233 cases since 2018, according to a report from the Integration and Diversity Directorate (IMDI), newspaper Dagbladet reports.
Nearly 60% of cases from minority advisers last year dealt with negative social control.
A total of 20% of the cases dealt with threats and violence.
The rest of the cases were related to fears of forced marriage and other issues.
Most cases involve people originating from Syria and Somalia
Most of the girls are still receiving assistance, and the cases mainly involve people originating from Syria (19%) and Somalia (15%), the report states.
Now the government is preparing a new action plan.
“I believe this report gives us excellent reasons to continue our work against negative social control and honor-related violence,” Minister of Knowledge and Integration Guri Melby of the Liberal Party (V) said.
The new action plan against negative social control and honor-related violence will be launched on March 8 next year.
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